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Post  Boz1964 on Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:07 pm

Poole Match

As the top of the league Poole Town came down to South Wales, they were met by fifty shades of grey.

No, not the newly unveiled cladding on our 'spanking' new clubhouse but in the form of the cumulus rain clouds that hung over the Miller Argent Stadium.

With our all-weather pitch, despite the rain showers, the only recognisable Poole on the pitch was that with a Bourne Identity of the Blue Dolphins.

As the Wessex brigade 'carpooled' their way up the Valleys, their 'Hardy' fans must have been pleased with the amount of possession they got in their first half, as their team oozing confidence attacked the Welsh side in 'Waves' with speed and gusto but try as they might couldn't find a way passed our debutant keeper Garner.

Whilst it was initially disappointing to see that young Clarke, despite his recent heroics, was dropped to the bench, the more experienced former International showed why he had a Welsh Cap and was regal between the sticks.

The 'Monarch of the Glyn' is a lot taller than the excellent teenage prospect and has a much wider spread.

I am sure that at one point , he was like Stretch Armstrong and touched both sets of posts simultaneously.

The local lad was also magnificent in the air and came out top in any Ponty-Poole collision.

I assume that he had been to see the film 'Creed' recently too, as his clearance punchlines were better than the ones on this Forum ( which wouldn't be hard).

But Merthyr weren't all about defence, as they took the lead against the Dorset Side following an accurate cross from the left and the ball was headed into the net by a Merthyr forward following a deflected touch of the hair island of a Poole defender.

Stung by being behind, the Poole Management Team were no longer 'Smileys People'.

The Poole Match 'ebbed and flowed' as their Naval midfield took control.

The Devlin was in the Detail, as he exerted pressure on the Home defence with his speed, skill and smooth passing to his forward line.

In any Poole Match the 8 ball is always the most crucial.

Fortunately, Merthyr had two centre halves who put in a really good shift at the Miller Argent Stadium coal face.

Gethin 'Pitted ' his wits against the Poole attack and Baggy picked up any pieces.

He repelled the 'Whirl-Poole' attacks, time and time again, as the Dolphins School of Science tested for weaknesses.

A couple of weeks ago and this Merthyr side might have buckled under the strain of the water pressure but time and again, Gethin blocked the English Channel created by Devlin and his partner Brown C Hair Island, putting in a man of the match performance which would not have gone unnoticed by any Scouts present.

However, it was the pace of our wingers Corey Mack-boots Jenkins and Keyon Refell that led the charge out of the Merthyr Half, with Refell demonstrating one set of touch line ball juggling that left the Bournemouth player with retrograde amnesia , as he illustrated his own born Supremacy.

At the back, the Dolphin Defence moved as a Pod, with their two massive centre halves looking as difficult to penetrate as a block of solid Lego.

The one defender, looked like the Inbetweeners character Neil Sutherland and showed his 'Tatnum' style, as he outdanced and outmuscled the leaping Kaynomite, although on occasion having the odd 'clunge' at him.

His partner at the back too looked as solid as a Bovington tank.

However, Merthyr will tonight be rueing their missed chances.

With my conspiracy head on , I was concerned that the Merthyr Forward line had secretly been given orders by our new Business Development Manager to miss the goal, as their shots went so wide, they regularly showed our new sponsors sign boarding near the corner flags.

With the Martyrs leading at the break, I expected the top side in our league to come out with all guns blazing but secretly hoped that our players would sneak a second with a breakaway from the speed of the mercurial Ian Traylor.

With the half-time tea laced with Poole-olium 210, I hoped we could 'Killick' - off the John Le Carre lot with a sucker punch Stallone would be proud of - a 'sly' that came in from the cold.

But it was Poole that finished the game the stronger with a late headed equaliser, after a bout of dolphin pinball in the penalty area, like a game of 'Blow-hole' football.

The last few minutes were frenetic with both sides have half- chances and Merthyr squandering one 4 on 2 break away as they sought to pinch the three points and fray their away managers fraught nerve endings.

Still a point against the League Leaders is worth its weight in gold and is another illustration that the Merthyr's League position is a phoney one and that there is real progress both on and off the pitch.

Our squad looks stronger for a late play off push and gains experience for next season when our focus can be upward rather than over our shoulder.

A fair result in the end of what was a great sporting spectacle for both sets of fans and if Poole win the League by a point on the strength of this gritty away performance then good luck to them.

A great Poole match with both defences managing to 'block the pockets' ending in a stalemate and honours even.

Up both Towns.

Boz

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Post  OWNES1 on Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:40 am

Yet again, you snookered me there Booz behind the black. Sorry for the spellcheck alteration of your pen name. Didn't get the Bourne connection or Smileys people.

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Post  Boz1964 on Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:58 am

John Le Carre - the Spy Thriller Author and owner of a quad of supermarkets ( Carrefour) is one of the most famous residents of Poole...hence the Spy references - did leave the obvious joke of our Bond out of this one though....Boz
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Post  OWNES1 on Sun Jan 24, 2016 1:32 pm

You are always a better read man than me.

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Post  Boz1964 on Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:02 pm

Yes- the Beano, the Dandy, 2000AD and of course the Police Gazette....Boz
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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:27 pm

Its Police Professional these days!!!
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Post  Boz1964 on Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:52 pm

I prefer it rival publication - The Hobby Bobby Weekly...it's free, does the same job and has a similar crime detection rate....Boz
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